Experts & Staff

Tara Varma

Head, ECFR Paris
Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise

French foreign policy; European security; politics and security in Asia


French, English, Spanish, Hindi


Tara Varma is a policy fellow and head of the Paris office of the European Council on Foreign Relations, where she follows French foreign policy and European and Asian security developments.

She looks particularly at current French defence and security proposals in the European framework. She is also interested in Asian security, and the role Europeans could play in it, notably in the Indo-Pacific region. Varma joined ECFR in January 2015 as a coordinator and then deputy head of the Paris office. She previously worked and lived in Shanghai, Delhi and Paris. She graduated from Sciences Po Lille and SOAS in London in International Relations, with a focus on Asian Politics and Indian and Chinese foreign policies.

In the media

Tara Varma being interviewed about the India-France Strategic Dialogue.

Tara Varma participated in the radio show "Affaires étrangères" on France Culture to discuss the vaccination campaigns across the world.

It seems strange to separate external and security policies, since these two areas are linked. The Brits will stay partners in NATO and on a bilateral level with France.

Tara Varma is quoted regarding the Brexit agreement signed between the EU and the UK.